Cardinals Set for ESPN3 Game Tuesday at Purdue
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team visits West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tipoff against Purdue in a game that will be streamed on ESPN3.
The Cardinals (5-4), winners of three straight, are coming off an 80-73 road victory Saturday at South Dakota. Purdue (4-6) dropped an 81-68 decision Saturday to No. 22 Notre Dame.
• Video Stream: ESPN3; Play-by-play: Mike Couzens; Analyst: Darrin Horn
• Radio (Flagship): Ball State Radio Network (104.1 FM WLBC); Play-by-play: Joel Godett; Analyst: David Eha
• Radio (Student): Sports Link Radio (91.3 FM WCRD); Play-by-play: Sean Stewart; Analyst: Donnie Kolakowski, Tyler Bradfield
• Internet: Live audio at live stats at ballstatesports.com
• Ball State trails 8-2 in the all-time series with Purdue.
• The Boilermakers won the most recent meeting, 69-49, Dec. 19, 2009 as part of the John R. Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis when Purdue was ranked No. 4 in the country.
• Purdue has won the past three meetings with the last Ball State win coming by a 72-52 score Dec. 18, 1999 in Indianapolis. The Cardinals also won, 70-56, in Muncie, Dec. 10, 1988.
• Ball State will be looking for its first true road win over Purdue in its seventh meeting with the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
A Quick Look at the Cardinals
• Ball State extended its winning streak to three games and improved its record to 5-4 Saturday with its first road victory of the season, an 80-73 win at South Dakota.
• It was the Cardinals' second straight win over South Dakota after the teams met a week earlier in Muncie as part of a back-to-back, home-and-home series.
• Junior guard Jesse Berry scored 22 points in Saturday's win over the Coyotes, and freshman guard Marcus Posley added a career-high 20 points to go along with five assists.
• Berry -- a preseason All-Mid-American Conference selection -- leads the Cardinals with 13.2 points per game, while junior forward Majok Majok is one of 22 players nationally averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
• Majok, who ranks ninth in the country in rebounding, had his fourth double-double of the season Saturday at South Dakota with 11 points and 13 boards.
• Purdue dropped to 4-6 with an 81-68 loss Saturday to No. 22 Notre Dame in Indianapolis.
• Freshman guard Rapheal Davis scored a career-high 21 points, all in the second half, to lead Purdue in scoring against Notre Dame. His previous career high was eight points.
• For the season, junior guard Terone Johnson leads the Boilermakers with 12.0 points per game, while senior guard D.J. Byrd and freshman center A.J. Hammons are close to double figures at 9.3 and 9.1 points per game, respectively.
• Purdue is one of the top rebounding teams in the country, raking 10th nationally with 43.1 rebounds per game. The Boilers are out-rebounding their opponents by 10 per game and attacking the offensive glass for 15.4 offensive boards per game.
• Purdue has had to replace three starters from last season's team that advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
• Majok Majok owns four double-doubles this season and is one of 22 players in the country averaging a double-double at 12.9 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.
• The last Cardinal to average a double-double in a season was Theron Smith, who averaged 19.6 points and 10.9 rebounds in 2001-02.
• Majok was named the MAC West Co-Player of the Week Dec. 10 after averaging 13.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game in wins over Holy Cross (Ind.) and South Dakota the previous week.
• With 18 points and 17 rebounds Dec. 5 against Holy Cross (Ind.), Majok became the first Ball State player since Cameron Echols in 2002 with at least 18 points and 17 rebounds in a game.
• The No. 18 junior college prospect in the country by JucoJunction.com coming out of Midland, Majok leads the Mid-American Conference double-doubles.
Majok on the Glass
• For the season, Majok ranks ninth nationally and leads the Mid-American Conference at 11.1 rebounds per game.
• Majok's 46 rebounds over the past three games are the most in a three-game stretch by a Cardinal since Theron Smith grabbed 46 over three conference games from Jan. 5-12, 2002.
Berry Returning Home
• Ball State junior guard Jesse Berry is from Lafayette, Ind., and will be returning to his home area for Tuesday's game at Purdue.
• Berry graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School, where he finished as the school's all-time leading scorer and set the Tippecanoe County boys' basketball record with 1,553 career points.
• Tuesday will mark the first game Berry will play against Purdue.
More Highlights from the Win at South Dakota
• Jesse Berry scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half Saturday at South Dakota, and Ball State shot 53.6 percent from the floor and scored 51 points as a team over the final 20 minutes.
• Ball State made good on 5-of-6 attempts from 3-point range in the second half.
• The Cardinals finished the game with a season-high 80 points and shot a season-best 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from 3-point range.
• Ball State's overall shooting percentage of 45.8 percent was its best since a 46.3 percent effort in the season opener against Grambling State.
Posley the Scorer
• Freshman guard Marcus Posley has emerged as more of a scoring threat over the past three games, leading the Cardinals with an average of 15.3 points per game during that stretch.
• Posley, who College Sports Madness named the MAC Player of the Week Monday, has scored in double figures in each of those three games with 14 points Dec. 5 against Holy Cross (Ind.), 12 points Dec. 8 against South Dakota and a career-high 20 in Saturday's rematch with South Dakota.
Posley the Distributor
• Marcus Posley leads the Cardinals with an average of 3.0 assists per game.
• The freshman guard leads the Mid-American Conference with a 2.7 to 1 assist/turnover ratio.
• Posley has reached five assists in four games this year, including a career-best six helpers without a turnover in the season-opening win over Grambling State.
• In only one game this season has Posley had more than one turnover.
• If you throw out his one-assist, five-turnover performance against Cleveland State, Posley has recorded 26 assists and just five turnovers in the other eight games.
Berry's Explosive Performances
• Junior guard Jesse Berry, who leads Ball State with 13.2 points per game, has topped the 20-point mark twice this season.
• Berry scored a career-best 28 points Nov. 28 against Cleveland State and went for 22 in the Cardinals' most recent game at south Dakota.
• Berry, who has led the Cardinals in scoring four times this year, has now surpassed 20 points in a game four times in his career.
• He earned the second MAC West Division Player of the Week award of his career after a 17-point performance in the season opener against Grambling State.
Defending Better Beyond the Arc
• Ball State has done a much better job defending opposing 3-point shooters recently.
• After allowing their first four opponents to shoot a combined 40.3 percent from beyond the arc, the Cardinals have held their last five opponents to a combined 24.0 percent.
• Ball State held Butler to a season-low 17.4 percent (4-for-23) from 3-point range Dec. 1 and limited South Dakota to a season-worst 16 percent (4-of-25) Dec. 8.
• Ball State's four losses this year have come against teams that own a combined 28-10 record.
• Here is a look at the teams that have beaten the Cardinals:
Indiana State: 5-3 with losses with losses to nationally-ranked UCLA and New Mexico
No. 1 Indiana: 9-1 with its only loss to Butler
Cleveland State: 6-4 with losses to then-No. 5 Michigan and then-No. 25 NC State
Butler: 8-2 with wins over Indiana, North Carolina, Marquette and Northwestern
Getting to the Line
• As a team, the Cardinals are getting to the free throw line 26.4 times per game.
• BSU has shot 68 more free throws than its opponents (238-170) and made nearly as many (155) as its opponents have attempted (170).
• Majok Majok is shooting an average of 7.8 free throws per game. He attempted double-digit free throws in three straight games earlier this year -- Wofford (10), Indiana State (11) and Indiana (12).
High Volume Rebounding
• Junior forward Matt Kamieniecki is averaging 0.35 rebounds per minute, having grabbed 41 rebounds in his 118 minutes on the court.
• Among the Cardinals, only Majok Majok (0.36) is averaging more rebounds per minute.
• Kamieniecki matched his career high with nine rebounds in 16 minutes Nov. 25 at Indiana.
Koch Sees First Action
• Junior forward Tyler Koch saw his first action of the season Saturday at South Dakota after missing the first eight games recovering from a hand injury.
• Koch played nine minutes off the bench and grabbed three rebounds.
• A former Wright State transfer, Koch started 22 games last year in his first season at Ball State. He scored 6.6 points and grabbed 3.3 rebounds per game.
Bond Stealing the Show
• Junior forward Chris Bond ranks third in the Mid-American Conference in steals with an average of 2.2 per game.
• Bond had a career-high five steals Nov. 20 against Wofford and has recorded four steals in two other games, including Saturday's win at South Dakota.
Scaife's Career Numbers
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife, who is scoring 10.0 points per game this year, owns the most career points among the current Ball State players with 918.
• Saturday at South Dakota, Scaife moved into a tie for fifth place on Ball State's career 3-pointers list with 141.
• He is tied with his cousin and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells (1994-98) and is 12 treys shy of Chris Williams (2001-03) for fourth on the all-time list.
Fields Gets Smaller to Play Bigger Role
• After four years in the Ball State program, fifth-year senior center Zach Fields made his first career start in the season opener against Grambling State and has started every game since.
• Fields made the most of the opportunity in the opener, logging career highs with 10 points and eight rebounds. His previous career bests were four points and four boards.
• The 6-foot-10 Fields, who has lost 30 pounds in an effort to make a greater impact, is averaging 17.9 minutes per game this year after never logging more than 5.4 minutes per game previously.
• While Ball State returns only six letterwinners from a season ago, those six players have now combined to play in 371 games with 184 starts for the Cardinals.
• Senior guard Jauwan Scaife is the most experienced, having played in 99 career games (72 starts).
• Junior guard Jesse Berry (71 games, 24 starts), junior forwards Chris Bond (67 games, 48 starts), Matt Kamieniecki (55 games, 11 starts) and Tyler Koch (28 games, 22 starts), and senior center Zach Fields (51 games, 9 starts) also have a wealth of experience in the Ball State program.
• Of the eight newcomers on Ball State's active roster, seven are true freshmen. Here is a breakdown of the freshman class by position ...
• Guard -- Marcus Posley (Rockford, Ill./Auburn HS), Michael Ramey (Indianapolis, Ind./Southport HS), Chase Brogna (Houston, Texas/St. Thomas HS) and George Cater (St. Peters, Mo./Fort Zumwalt South HS).
• Forward -- Bo Calhoun (South Bend, Ind./Washington HS) and Rocco Belcaster (Berwyn, Ill./Morton HS).
• Center -- Mading Thok (Boyden, Iowa/Western Christian HS).
• Ball State's only non-freshman newcomer is Majok Majok (Perth, Australia/Midland College).
One of the Best in the West
• Ball State has finished among the top three in the MAC West Division in each of the past four seasons, including first- or second-place finishes in three of those years.
• The Cardinals tied for the division crown in 2008-09 and finished second in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Last year, Ball State tied for third in the West.
The Non-Conference Schedule
• Saturday's game at South Dakota marked Ball State's only trip outside the state of Indiana before conference play. The Cardinals will play eight of their first 12 games at home and make three road trips to in-state opponents -- Indiana (Nov. 25), Butler (Dec. 1) and Purdue (Dec. 18).
• Two of Ball State's home games are against Indiana State (Nov. 20) and IUPUI (Dec. 23), giving the Cardinals five games against in-state Division I programs.
• Ball State has never before faced Big 10 opponents Indiana and Purdue in the same season.
Locking Down on Defense
• Ball State has ranked first or second in the Mid-American Conference for scoring defense in each of the past four seasons.
• Here are the Cardinals rankings by year: 2008-09 (59.7, 1st), 2009-10 (62.4, 1st), 2010-11 (64.0, 1st), 2011-12 (60.7, 2nd).